February 24, 2020

Blue Sky Thinking

Sign o’ the Times

Clear heavens over the Woodstock dealership at the weekend. Though there was snow piled in the edges of the parking lot the temperatures rose to the mid fifties; very unseasonably mild.

February 23, 2020

A Little Faith

Baháʼí

A very short ride out in the sun today to have a quick go of the helmet camera. Some operational logistics to work on. Shutter button use, leveling, glare… practice needed!

February 22, 2020

Oysterizer

Happiness is…

A brand new Triumph Street Scrambler. Moto friend Dean picked up his ‘19 pearly white motorcycle from Woodstock Illinois. Does he look happy? As a clam!

February 21, 2020

Deciduous Tribute

By saw and plane…

Leroy Mize, 73, of Oskaloosa, crafted a 1965 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle out of oak and walnut. Spending over 1,000 hours cutting and piecing together the wooden Bonneville, it is an exact replica of his actual racing motorcycle.

February 20, 2020

Oxidation

Rusty

More than an age worn patina, this mid seventies Bonneville has been weatherized under decades of barn rafter dust and farm critter nesting. It may be past any level of recovery with an appearance of disintegration into its constituent ferrous and alumina atoms.

February 19, 2020

The Links

Field of Dreams

This fifties Triumph Trophy looks like it spent its entire existence in this meadow. The golden hued sunshine warms the cuff rubbed patina.

February 18, 2020

Poetry in the Garage

Writings from the sharp end of a wrench

Just ordered this small book from Etsy of a collection of motorcycle inspired odes. It’ll make a change from the oily thumbed workshop manual…

February 17, 2020

Icon

Stark figurine

Rebel Without a Cause saw Jimmy Dean as an angst ridden teen trying to assimilate into a post war town. This bronze sculpture has the protagonist cast as a determined youth riding his Triumph heralding an icon for the disenfranchised generation of the mid fifties.

February 16, 2020

Whitworth Thread

Nut ‘n’ Bolt | an ingenious diminutive sculpture from the artisans at Brown Dog Welding. The combination of nuts, bolts, screws, chain-links, and metal off-cuts are assembled to create the distinctive lines of a Triumph Scrambler.

February 15, 2020

Yellow Background | Bonneville graphic

February 14, 2020

Red Motorcycle of Love

Be my Valentine!

February 13, 2020

Snowy

Hergé Jeudi | profitez du plaisir de conduire un side-car jaune dans les rues de paris par des policiers avec votre chien de compagnie.

February 12, 2020

Taggart!

Banned! Before 2000AD there was Action comic which first came out in early 1976. Due to the grisly nature of the storylines and illustration it was receiving bad press by late ’77. By that time Judge Dredd and his future brutal police state had become more popular and a dystopian hooligan theme was fading away. Pat Mills and John Wagner cut their teeth on this and the Mary Whitehouse PC crowd. Death Game 1999 – which later became a tamed down Spinball was rugby on bikes ridden by hardened criminals…

February 10, 2020

Der Grier

Vulture Sculpture: at Tohono Chul Gardens, Tucson AZ (courtesy of Bob Blythe)

February 9, 2020

Oi!

Rockers! Evocative photography of a ton-up boy taking off on his cafe’d ride. (The photo is actually a contemporary scene made to look period: the swing arm of the bike to the rear left has a hefty tire and matching swingarm)